My Ten Goals for 2012

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I’ve never been a fan of making New Year’s Resolutions. It feels like nothing more than setting ourselves up for failure. After all, how many of us make resolutions only to break them by the end of January (or by the end of the first week!)?

For me, I prefer to set goals that I want to achieve for the new year instead. A matter of semantics? Probably.  Setting goals rather than resolutions feels more doable and realistic. And, if I don’t reach the goal, I’m not as hard on myself: I just re-evaluate and set new goals.

In that spirit, here are ten goals I want to reach this year, divided into areas of life I want to work on/improve:

Spiritual/Virtue Goals

1. Prayer. A never-ending goal. I can always improve on this, of course. In particular, though, this year I am going to make a point of MAKING time for quiet prayer and meditation – at least 10 minutes a day. This will help me tremendously in my next goal.

2. Peace. My “Word” or “theme” for 2012 is “peace“. My goal is to allow God to work in me so that I handle each day, each situation calmly and peacefully.  The Lord has been putting John 14:27 into my heart:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

So, my goal is to let God’s peace rein in my heart and that I may be an “instrument of peace” to others.

Spousal Goals

3. Attentiveness. My goal is to be more attentive to the needs of my hubby and even to anticipate them when I can.

4. Positiveness. To be more positive in the way I interact with and think about my husband. To always give him the benefit of the doubt before I over-react and jump down his throat. 😳

Mothering Goals

5. Live in the moment. My goal in this area is to enjoy whatever activity we are currently engaged in, rather than rushing through them because I am too busy thinking of all the other things I have to do.

I don’t know about you; but, I have a tendency of looking ahead to what has to be done next or thinking about all the other things on my to-do list. I want to intentionally focus on the moment and enjoy each moment with my son. He is growing up so fast, it’s almost scary!

6. Foster a love of books. If you’ve read my blog before, you know that getting my son to practice his reading has been a bit of a challenge. {Ahem} It has gotten better in this area and I want to continue this progress; so, in 2012 I want to read to him more than I already do and hopefully spark in him a greater interest for books and reading.

Personal Goals

7. Break my blasted sugar addiction once and for all. My downfall is ice cream (vanilla with M&Ms to be exact); but, I’m not opposed to cake cookies, brownies…Oh the list goes on. So, I’m going cold turkey. I’m giving up sugar. I’ve done my research, prayed about it and I’m ready for the week from hell. 🙂 (I’ve read in several places that the first week is the hardest and then it gets easier. I hope so!)

I’m not doing this to lose weight; although I’m not opposed if that happens. 🙂 I’m doing it because I want to live healthier and eat better. I want to gain better control of what I put in my body as opposed to giving in to my cravings.

8. Get straight A’s. I haven’t mentioned this here yet, but thanks to a series of God-incidences, I am going back to school to get my bachelors degree [in English]. I have an Associates degree and have been wanting to go back to college to finish for a long time, so I am deeply grateful for this opportunity! I will be starting out with two courses in the spring semester, one in the summer session and going into full-time in the fall.

Blogging/Business Goals

9. Weekly series. One of my main goals for blogging this year is to do a weekly series focusing on an aspect of our faith. For example: In January I want to do a series on life, In February I want to do a series on marriage, etc. In the future my plan is to do a series on discerning God’s will, the mystery of suffering, the sacraments, etc. I still have to work out the particulars, but I hope to begin shortly!

10. e-Books. I have a few e-book ideas that have been brewing in my brain over the last few months. My goal is to publish 4 e-books – one each quarter of the year. (More details to come as each e-book comes to fruition – Hopefully!!)

What are your goals for 2012? Do share. Or, if you’ve done a yearly goals post, feel free to post a direct link to said post in the comments!

(Linked to Top Ten Tuesday.)


  1. AMEN to #5 – was just meditating (#1) on this yesterday…I am awful about filling up my to do list to the brim so that I lose the relationship part amidst the getting it all done part…
    blessings as you travel towards them all

  2. I like the idea of goals as opposed to resolutions. I love your word for 2012. Peace. I may copy that! God bless and happy new year!
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  3. The whole first part of your list looks like exactly what I need to do!

  4. I LOVE your goals … congratulations on going back to school!

    One day, I’m going to have to go back. For now, my husband is in nursing school, and I’m busy teaching the little ones.

    I’ll be interested in hearing your progress as the year goes on.

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Thanks, Dianna. Good luck to your husband as he studies for nursing. That’s a challenging field to be in today, especially for Catholics!

  5. You have quite a busy year stretching ahead of you. I’m glad you’ve set aside 10 minutes a day for prayer and meditation. It often takes me 10 minutes just to get my brain calmed down and let God in. Do you suppose that reading blogger posts on the faith and spirituality and reflecting on them counts as reflection time? I often find myself meditating on things others have written before I know that I have fallen into prayer.

    • SimpleCatholic says

      I’m finding that it is true for me, too. Just as I get “settled in” the 10 minutes are up. Unfortunately, I truly don’t have any more time than that. I do try to do some praying before bed, but I fall asleep every time!

      I absolutely do think that reading blogger posts on faith and spirituality counts for reflection and prayer time. It is wonderful that they can so easily put you into a spirit of prayer!

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